Amsterdam is a city that surprised me when I visited for the first time a few years ago. I have never had a certain desire to go and visit the Dutch city, but once I went there I sort of fell in love with Amsterdam. I loved the lively vibe, the young crowds, the cosmopolitan feeling and the canals, the beautiful, old architecture and the cool cafés, shops and restaurants. My last Amsterdam trip was a month ago to speak at a blogger conference, but I also found some spare time to discover a few new places that I want to share with you today.
Amsterdam is easily accessible from all parts of Europe thus it is quite a good weekend getaway destination. And the city is perfect for a weekend visit – whether you want to discover some of its many fabulous museums, go to see a show, eat in great restaurants or simply stroll and shop. My last visit included more of the latter to be honest, so here are a few tips for your next Amsterdam trip grouped by city areas:
De 9 Straatjes: The 9 streets in Amsterdam’s canal belt are a perfect area to roam and discover – quirky shops, cool cafés and fine eateries are abundant in this area. It is ideal to be discovered by foot and spend an afternoon. Or a full day if you want. I went to a number of cool fashion boutiques but as usual I only remember the places where I had good coffee or yummy food. Places like Screaming Beans for great coffee, Pluk for healthy and delicious breakfasts (some say it is one of the most instagrammed places in Amsterdam), Urban Cacao for delicious, handmade chocolate, great food-to-go at Foodware, cool art and coffee at Cloud. You see, there’s lots to see and discover in that area.
Willemspark: In the southwest of Amsterdam is a beautiful and leafy residential area with very nice villas and old architecture. Among those beautiful buildings you’ll also find some cool places to shop and eat of course. I went to Dignita restaurant which serves excellent and healthy food, smoothies, good coffee and delicious cakes. All in a very cool interiors with quite a few plants. Double like! Just next doors is a fabulous vintage shop named DasGaaf (save some space in your suitcase for a vintage vase).
De Pijp: South of the city center is a very bustling quarter called De Pijp. It is not an area I chose to go by coincidence, it was planned in advance as I wanted to go to one very cool restaurant/café named CT Coffee & Coconuts. This fantastic café is located in a 1920s cinema building and is an epitome of a cool, relaxed urban space where leisurely guests sit next to working freelancers. Definitely a must-visit!
With these few tips you’ll easily fill a weekend in Amsterdam. And if that is not enough, why not considering a visit of the wonderful botanical garden in Amsterdam? Whatever you prefer, have a good time!
Photography by Igor Josifovic